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Congrats on the new Hot Posts feature!

carswell Jul 1, 2006 02:03 AM

Can't compare it with the former iteration, which I never used. But as an alternative to the active topics list on the home page, it's certifiably great. Thanks!

  1. carswell Jul 1, 2006 02:09 AM

    And there's a Mark All As Read function! You guys rock!

    edit: Point of information. Is the MAAR function forum specific? In other words, if I'm displaying the hot posts in, say, the Home Cooking forum and click the Mark All As Read button, does it mark only all Home Cooking topics as read or does it mark all topics in all forums as read?

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    1. re: carswell
      Engineering Jul 1, 2006 02:26 AM

      Yes, we track hot posts on a per-board basis. Marking all read on Hot Posts only applies to the board you have selected.

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        limster Jul 1, 2006 03:03 AM

        Make that one more happy hound. If I ask nicely, would you also offer an option to sort the hotposts by board?

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          Engineering Jul 1, 2006 03:12 AM

          You can use the dropdown box to select a board that you want to track.

          Is that what you were asking for?

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            limster Jul 1, 2006 04:19 AM

            Nope, I'd like to see all new posts, but sorted in order of the board they're on, not just new posts for a given board.

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            krissywats Jul 1, 2006 03:33 AM

            Click on that drop down menu and type in the first letter or two and you're quickly there.

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              Dave Feldman Jul 1, 2006 04:45 AM

              Pardon my denseness, but I don't understand limster's question nor your answer. Help!

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                ChinoWayne Jul 1, 2006 04:55 AM

                Dave-

                It seems that when you first click on HotPosts it displays every topic that had a new post today on every board, most likely in sequential order, by posting number (or some such), Limster is interested in seeing only all the new stuff for say, the Boston board. Krissy is asnwering that Limster can get HotPost to filter that through the drop down board selection list that displays at the top of the topics listing.

                When you first click on HotPosts if you look at the topics displayed, they are attributed to various boards, but if you click on one of the drop down board names, HotPosts will re-display, and display only topics for the specific board.

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                  Kuisine Jul 1, 2006 05:34 AM

                  That's the *best* *thing* *ever*. I love you Chowhound Engineering Team!

                  Kathy/Kuisine (formerly KathySK)

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            Dave Feldman Jul 1, 2006 04:44 AM

            I want to thank the Chowhound Engineers for the new and IMPROVED Hot Posts. Not just for implementing the software, but for listening to users. I swear that every change you've made since the launch of the new software has been an improvement.

            I've been on the board for well more than an hour and I didn't even notice Hot Posts up there. Might it make some sense to announce this feature more prominently, either by billboarding it on each board or by a more prominent announcement on the home page? I think you are going to find you've made a lot of Chowhounds happy.

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              Dave Feldman Jul 1, 2006 05:20 AM

              Chino,

              For some reason, there is no reply on the bottom of your post. Thanks for your reply. I've now decided I figured out what Limster meant; I think he meant that he wants all the boards displayed at one point, but grouped by board, as the old Hot Posts was. With this new Hot Post, you either get all at once, unsorted by topic, or you have to click on individual boards.

              Krissy confused me because she mentioned "typing" the first two letters in the drop down menu, but I don't see where you could type -- do you mean scrolling?

              More likely, I'm wrong on both counts.

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              1. re: Dave Feldman
                carswell Jul 1, 2006 05:36 AM

                As far as I can tell, you're right about limster.

                As for krissywat's tip, just click the down arrow to drop down the boards menu and start typing away. You're automatically taken to the first menu item that starts with the letters you've typed. Cool.

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                  Dave Feldman Jul 1, 2006 05:44 AM

                  Aha, krissywat rules. I've never encountered this kind of functionality in a dropdown menu, but then it wouldn't occur to me to "start typing away." Thanks.

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                  ChinoWayne Jul 1, 2006 05:42 AM

                  Dave-

                  It seems that the board software has a limitation of only 5 levels of sub-posts for any given thread branch, that is why you do not see the Reply button. The work-around I have been using is to go to the first higher level posting in the thread that is open for replys, add a reply there, but if necessary, indicate who or what it is in reply to.

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                    limster Jul 1, 2006 07:17 AM

                    Yes! :)

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                    Dave Feldman Jul 1, 2006 06:01 AM

                    Besides having the ability to use Hot Posts for specific boards (a huge plus, in my opinion), the biggest different between the old HP and the new one is that in this version, you aren't clicking on one post. I guess, you could use Hot Posts in three ways:

                    click on a link and you get a whole thread (the way the new HP works)

                    click on link and get one post (how old HP worked)

                    click on link and see all the new replies on the same thread (how I'd prefer it to be).

                    Regardless, the current HP's method is my least favorite of the three. What do others think?

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                      abrocadabro Jul 5, 2006 08:58 PM

                      I loved the old Hot Posts, but given the new software doesn't create a posting "tree", I imagine it would be hard for the new Hot Posts to give us a list of the new posts within each thread (plus, it wouldn't really be useful to have Hot Posts take us to a single post, unless both a link to the prior message and the subsequent posting tree branches were also shown -- in other words, just the way the old one worked). I am, however, in favor of the "tree" approach for this site generally, since it avoids the need to scroll through all of the responses to a particular message by making it much easier to locate new messages to the thread.

                      As for Hot Posts, although there a limited number of boards that I read daily, I still enjoy seeing a list of all of the new posts (or at least a list of threads with new posts) grouped by board, for all the boards at once (i.e. the way the old Hot Posts worked).

                      Finally, I'd prefer to have the option/requirement that Hot Posts list new messages (or threads with new messages) based on a date that you determine. Sometimes, I might read one or two threads on a particular board and then come back to the site later the same day to view other threads that I did not read earlier in the day. I'm not sure if the current system would still show the unread threads on my Hot Posts list.

                      Keep up the good work, and thanks for being responsive to the users!

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                        abrocadabro Jul 5, 2006 09:10 PM

                        One further thing I just noticed: Because Hot Posts doesn't open in a separate window, I have to click "Back" to go back to the Hot Posts list after reading a thread. When I do that, Hot Posts update the list based on any new messages added while I was reading a thread, meaning that in the "Last Reply Posted" view, threads lower down on my Hot Posts list might leap to the top without my knowledge, meaning I'd miss out on a thread that had been updated in the past few minutes (unless I read through the entire Hot Posts list each time I went "Back" to it). This could be fixed by opening a new window each time you follow a thread from the Hot Posts list.

                    2. susancinsf Jul 1, 2006 12:53 PM

                      It's not the old hot posts, but it is definitely an improvement, and one I may never have noticed if I hadn't come over to check out site talk....THANKS, CH!

                      1. The Dairy Queen Jul 1, 2006 01:33 PM

                        I was never a huge fan of the old hot posts feature for a variety of no-longer-relevant and quickly-fading-from-memory reasons, but I love this new one and all its nuances! Well done!

                        ~TDQ

                        1. Bob Martinez Jul 1, 2006 04:30 PM

                          I want to add my thanks as well for a job well done.

                          1. Pat Hammond Jul 1, 2006 04:46 PM

                            I followed the Chowhound action for almost nine years using Hot Posts. I felt missing a limb
                            without it! And the drop-down is ingenious. Thank you, thank you, Chowhound Engineering.

                            1. Peter Jul 1, 2006 06:52 PM

                              Nice job on the quick response -- having never used the old Hot Posts I'm not sure if this better, worse, or just different but one question... why is it that when I "mark all as read" in "Hot Posts" they're not marked as read when I visit that same individual forum a bit later? It's really confusing to keep track of what has and has not been read.

                              Peter in the Heights

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                              1. re: Peter
                                Engineering Jul 2, 2006 06:14 AM

                                That's a very good point, hang tight.

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                                  Peter Jul 2, 2006 01:37 PM

                                  Hanging tight as requested -- thanks for being so quick to both answer my question and to do something about it. ;)

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                                Sean Dell Jul 2, 2006 02:02 PM

                                Thanks CH. This makes the site whole again. Big congratulations.

                                - Sean

                                1. sku Jul 3, 2006 02:50 PM

                                  Yes, thank you thank you thank you. And for the wish list, now that you have the cool dropdowns, it would be fun if we could tailor hot posts. That is, I could create a hotposts screen that showed me new posts for the combined boards I was interested in. Thanks again.

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                                    Dave Feldman Jul 3, 2006 11:11 PM

                                    Yes, or at the very least to move the board names up or down so you could cluster your favorites together at the top of the menu.

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                                      theotherhalfofdh Jul 5, 2006 06:57 PM

                                      That would be nice. Like organizing your favorite bookmarks in a browser.

                                      I would still like the option to have 'my boards' as the first option in the drop down list with All Chowhound next. When a new acount all boards would be included in 'my boards' and then individual boards could be removed or selected by the poster.

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